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We know this about Republican lawmakers: Educating African -American students is not high on their list of priorities.

Providing quality education for African-American and public school students of color is one of the Obama administration’s top objectives for the next two years. But if congressional Republicans have their way, massive cuts in education spending would have a devastating impact on Black students all across the country.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education released new data detailing the impact of potential cuts to school districts serving high concentrations of Black and Hispanic students as a result of proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The data, according to the Department of Education, shows that the House Republicans’ proposal would provide the largest 33 school districts with high concentrations of Black and Hispanic students over $3 billion less in federal funding than President Barack Obama’s budget over six years.

The cuts in education spending would allow states to divert money from schools serving vulnerable student populations to wealthier districts.

“The partisan proposal in the House flies in the face of what ESEA was created to do—give every child an equal opportunity to be successful,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “The bill is bad for children and would turn back the clock on progress. At exactly the time we should be expanding opportunity for America’s students and helping schools recover from the recession, this bill would allow unconscionable funding cuts. Our teachers and students deserve better,”

Family Values? GOP Propose Billions In Cuts For Public Education  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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